Creative Writing Workshop



The Center for the Performing Arts at DeBaun Auditorium is pleased to round out its ’06-’07 Education Series with the Creative Writing Workshop “Working With Experience” on Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 11am-5pm.

Sharpen your skill and apply your experience in an exciting combination of learning and writing. Join the invited guest instructors of The Center for the Performing Arts for a day of exercises on creativity and craft. “Working with Experience” is a creative writing workshop that will give participants new tools to locate ideas from their within their own experience, to define them in complete literary episodes, and to shape them through elements of craft into poems, stories, and essays.

The cost to participate is $60/person (pre-registration is required), and will take place in Edwin A. Stevens Hall located at 5th & Hudson Sts. on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. To register, call 201.216.8937, send email to or purchase on-line:


11:00am – Registration
11:15am – Opening remarks, program overview, introductions
11:30am – Seminar #1
12:45pm – Lunch Break
1:30pm – Seminar #2
2:45pm – Afternoon break – Meet the hosts and the artists
3:00pm – Seminar #3
4:15pm – Final break and sign-up for open mic.
4:30pm – Open mic


The End, Right? Right! – Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar, editor of the 2005 anthology Never Before: Poems about First Experiences, will examine poems of personal experience for elements of closure, stopping along the way to each poem’s end to take in elements such as line breaks, sound, and metaphor. This class will discuss both closure and craft, and consider different authors’ approaches to capturing and conveying their experiences.

Let the Transformation Begin – At every step in the writing process, there is the opportunity to shape and improve both your subject matter and yourself. In this workshop, writer and critic Elizabeth Lund will help participants move from raw ideas to rough sentences and then to rough drafts of poems, stories, or essays. This class will explore the energy in your language and in the impulses that make you want to write.

The Friends of Creativity –
People learn more once they know what might be holding them back from learning. Using prose poems for input and exercises for introspection, poet and life coach Deborah Ager, editor of the poetry journal 32 Poems, will help class participants identify those things in themselves that enable and disable their creative process – the friends and enemies of their creativity.

Read more about the Guest Instructions after the break.


Publisher and Editor, Deborah Ager’s writing has appeared in The Bloomsbury Review, The Georgia Review, New Letters, Best New Poets 2006, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Laure-Anne Bosselaar has been a talk-show hostess, commentator and voice-over artist, writer in residence, and editor. Since her move from Belgium in 1987, her poems have appeared many places, including Ploughshares, Harvard Review, The Washington Post and numerous anthologies. Her work has been nominated yearly for the Pushcart Prize. Bosselaar has edited, alone or with her husband, poet Kurt Brown, several anthologies. Her first collection in English, The Hour Between Dog and Wolf (BOA Editions) was a finalist for numerous awards, and her second book of poems, Small Gods of Grief (BOA Editions) won the Isabella Gardner Prize for Poetry in 2001. Laure-Anne’s most recent book of poems, A New Hunger, was released in March from Ausable Press.

Elizabeth Lund covers and reviews poetry for The Christian Science Monitor with her on-line column called “The Poetic Life.” She also teaches a poetry workshop at MCI-Framingham, the women’s prison in Massachusetts. She earned her MFA from Cornell University where she then taught creative writing. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals including Connecticut Review, Kalliope and Yankee. She has been a finalist for the Brittingham Prize and the Four Way Books Intro Prize. In 2002 she read at the Geraldine R. Dodge Festival, the largest poetry event in North America.

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Sporky Gugenheim
Sporky Gugenheim

This is a great workshop. I happen to be an instructor and I write good as hell and can hook you up if you like.